Charles Murray, 7th Earl of Dunmore

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"Charlie". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1878.

Charles Adolphus Murray, 7th Earl of Dunmore VD (24 March 1841 – 27 August 1907), styled Viscount Fincastle from birth until 1845, was a Scottish peer and Conservative politician.

Background[edit]

Fincastle was the eldest son of Alexander Murray, 6th Earl of Dunmore and his wife, Catherine.[1] His maternal grandmother was the Russian noblewoman Countess Catherine Woronzoff (or Vorontsova), daughter of the Russian ambassador to St James's, Semyon Romanovich Vorontsov.

Career[edit]

In 1874, he was appointed a Lord-in-Waiting in Disraeli's government, a post he held until 1880. In 1875, he was made Lord Lieutenant of Stirlingshire, which he remained until 1885. In 1882 he was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the 1st Inverness-shire Rifle Volunteers (later the 1st Volunteer Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders). He retired in 1896. In 1892–93 he traveled through the eastern Pamirs to Kashgar. He was apparently engaged in some form of diplomacy or espionage, but the matter is not clear.[2]

Family[edit]

Lord Dunmore married Lady Gertrude Coke, third daughter of Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester, on 5 April 1866.[1] They had five children:

  • Alexander Edward, styled Viscount Fincastle, later 8th Earl of Dunmore (1871–1962)
  • Lady Evelyn Cobbold (1867–1963), married John Dupuis Cobbold.
  • Lady Muriel (d. 1946), married Harold Gore Browne.
  • Lady Grace (1873–1960), married William James Barry, Esq.
  • Lady Victoria Alexandrina (1877–1925), married Alfred Templer, 27th Baron Templer (1868-1952)
  • Lady Mildred (1878–1969), married (1) Gilbert Follet, (2) Sir John FitzGerald, 3rd Baronet.
  • Lady Debra (1910-1999), married Jose Cabrera (1906-1969)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fryer 1912.
  2. ^ Robert Middleton and Hew Thomas, 'Tajikistan and the High Pamirs', 2008

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Breadalbane and Holland
Lord-in-Waiting
1874–1880
Succeeded by
The Earl of Zetland
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Montrose
Lord Lieutenant of Stirlingshire
1875–1885
Succeeded by
The Duke of Montrose
Military offices
Preceded by
Vacant
(prev. The Duke of Clarence)
Colonel of the 1st Volunteer Battalion
of the Cameron Highlanders

1896–1908
Succeeded by
Sir John Ewart
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Alexander Murray
Earl of Dunmore
1845–1907
Succeeded by
Alexander Murray